Moe’s dishes out Southwestern savories in a friendly, pop-culture-inspired atmosphere in which ingredient freshness is taken seriously. Despite strong pressure from the powerful small-appliance lobby, Moe's never uses freezers, microwaves, animal fat, lard, MSG, or food reanimators. Scarf up some free chips and salsa before starting an appetizing affair with the Homewrecker Burrito ($6.89), which fills out its tortilla tuxedo with a pound and a half of meat, beans, rice, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream, and guacamole. Chicken club quesadillas ($7.49) provide poultry-powered palate pleasure, while kids’ meals ($3.29+) allow mini-munchers to feel like grown-up gastronomes without having to tackle adult tasks like paying taxes or destroying incriminating evidence. As you slide into your seat, keep an ear out for the music—Moe's prides itself on only playing the tunes of dead musicians, most of whom were alive when their music was recorded.
Armed with a menu packed with authentic Mexican eats, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant pleases palates within the comforting confines of a recently remodeled dining room. After warming up on an appetizer of crunchy nachos supreme or cheesy queso fundido, pairs or paired pairs can dive into a house favorite such as fish tacos stuffed with slivers of grilled or fried tilapia and served with pico de gallo and poblano sauce, or beef or chicken flautas–– Mexico’s deep-fried answer to the Cuban cigar. Chimichurri-slathered chunks of chicken arrive skewered for easy eating or an after-dinner game of darts in the alambre de pollo, and Monterrey's house margarita helps mouths cool down from bites of spicy pork chili verde.
The Derby Sports Grille Pub's crew of cuisine crafters delivers a capacious menu of pub favorites and beverages. An appetizing arrangement of cheese sticks bathes in a marinara concoction ($6.50), and battered buffalo shrimp inhabit oceans of mild, medium, or hot sauce ($6.95). The deft cooks stack up the Derby Melt, an 8-ounce burger cushioned by marble-rye bread and melted swiss cheese ($8.95), and diners can dollop mounds of barbecue-infused pulled pork and coleslaw on waiting buns ($7.95). Order a mealtime multiplicity of wings engulfed in sauces both classic and inventive, such as teriyaki, lemon-pepper, or sweet and sour⎯all served bone in or out ($6.99 for 6, $7.99 for 10, $13.99 for 20). Any of these meals can be enjoyed with a mug of beer, a glass of wine, or a derby hat filled with cognac.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
Twisted Taco is a cookery cantina that honors the scintillating flavors of the Mexico-Texas border in a family-friendly atmosphere complete with a jumbo HD projector and a game room stocked with arcade games to gnaw on postdinner. Diners can dine on the breezy outdoor patio, or take things inside to comfortably sip house margaritas while appetites percolate over Twisted Taco's menu.
While many restaurants serve as one of several stops on a date-night agenda, Eclipse di Luna accomplishes the tricky task of melding dinner, drinks, entertainment, and dancing into one lively experience. Every night, live acts—ranging from international DJs to acoustic guitar—provide a festive background for samplings of the original and thoughtfully plated tapas departing from the kitchen. Spanish–cheese samplings feature a 12-month-aged manchego and 3-month-aged queso ibores, and grilled hanger steak rests atop a bed of chickpea mashed potatoes. Classics such as paella and calamari share menu space with less-traditional twists such as lightly fried chesapeake oysters and seared tuna carpaccio. In catering to all its clientele, the kitchen staff also prepares items from gluten-free and vegan menus. To bring out the flavors of each dish, the wait staff recommends selections from a wine lists that features varieties from California, Spain, Chile, Germany, Italy, and Portugal, to name a few. Exposed-brick walls surround the eclectic and Wonderland-esque dining room, where chairs hang from the ceiling among strings of sparkling lights. Tall candles light the tables, both clothed and bare, the inhabitants of which drink specialty cocktails and admire colorful, Spanish–inspired artwork. TKTK Park Place location: While many restaurants serve as one of several stops on a date-night agenda, Eclipse di Luna accomplishes the tricky task of melding dinner, drinks, entertainment, and dancing into one lively experience. Every night, live acts—ranging from flamenco guitarists to DJs and professional belly dancers—provide a festive background for samplings of the original and thoughtfully plated tapas departing from the kitchen. Mojo and aioli dipping sauces accompany fried yucca root, and aged balsamic vinegar flavors Spanish–style ribs. Classics such as lightly fried calamari share menu space with less-traditional twists such as a black, squid-ink paella and seared tuna carpaccio. To bring out the flavors of each dish, the wait staff recommends selections from a wine list that features varieties from California, Spain, Chile, Germany, Italy, and Portugal, to name a few. A natural stone floor and hanging, star-shaped lanterns serve as the base and apex of the dining room, where studio lighting illuminates abstract paintings and full-sized windows to give the space a funky vibe. Bare wood constructs both the tables and the bar, where specialty cocktails fuel bouts on the dance floor.